Hotel Imperial

Elegant Art Deco ring with diamonds in white gold, Czechoslovakia circa 1935

In the Art Deco era, a new basic form for jewellery began its triumphant advance: The shield, designed as an elongated hexagon or, as here, as a flared oval. It met the preference of those years for graphic forms, for jewelry designs that presented their decoration two-dimensionally instead of sculpturally. Above all, however, the basic shape of the shield was perfectly suited to show off the filigree processing techniques of the time. A transitional cut diamond of approximately 0.15 ct sparkles in the center of the ring face. Fourteen smaller diamonds additionally adorn the ring head, which is indebted to the formal language of Art Deco with its elegantly curved and finely engraved compartments and sparkling mille handles. Made of 14-carat white gold with a platinum top, this is a white jewel of the interwar period. Thanks to its stamp, the ring can be dated to the years around 1935. It was made in Czechoslovakia between 1929 and 1941. This ring shows that the Art Deco style was not only used in the big cities like Paris, Berlin or Vienna but also in the smaller countries of the continent. Especially in Eastern Central Europe the Art Déco style was very popular and in the short interwar period not only glamorous jewels of this style were created but also arts and crafts and architecture experienced a cultural blossom. Around the same time as our ring, for example, the Hotel Imperial in Prague was built, which has survived to this day and presents wonderful details in the Art Deco style. We were able to acquire the ring in Bavaria. Now it is waiting again for a lady who knows how to carry out this touch of glamour effectively.

Platinum is a very special jewellery metal. Although it has been known since the beginning of the 16th century (the first deposits were found in South America) and numerous alchemists have repeatedly studied its properties, it has only been used for jewellery production since the beginning of the 20th century. It is too complicated and difficult to process because of its great hardness. And at the same time it was so precious (more than eight times as expensive as gold!) that very few goldsmiths dared to work it. It was only in the years shortly after 1900 that jewellery made with platinum came into being. At first, new techniques allowed thin platinum layers, which met the demand for so-called white jewels. In the following years, jewellery made entirely of platinum became possible and, with the discovery of new deposits, more affordable. This now allowed far finer designs to be realised than ever before: the great strength of the metal allows even the finest bars, which nevertheless defy all stresses.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.

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